What is the State Bird of New York?

NEW YORK - The Eastern Bluebird is the state bird of New York.  It is a small migratory thrush native to open woodlands, farmlands, orchards. Its colorful plumage and unique call distinguish it as the state bird. The bluebird lives in the state from early spring through the end of summer.

What is the State Bird of New York?
Photo: The Eastern Bluebird


Eastern bluebirds are common birds in the eastern United States.  They prefer open woodlands and orchards near open fields. They make their nests in tree cavities and use grass, weed stems, and twigs to build them. The female lays up to four or six pale blue eggs. The bluebird's call is distinctive, evocative, and melodious. It can alert other birds to predators, making it an excellent choice for birdwatching.

In addition to being an iconic state bird, the eastern bluebird has several other characteristics that make it unique in its state. Its plumage combines white and blue hues and is considered a symbol of patriotic pride. It has a distinctly distinctive song and is an environmental success story.

Historically, the eastern bluebird has been an unofficial state bird of New York. Though the bird was voted the favorite avian on Bird Day in 1928, it wasn't officially designated as the state bird until 1970. It's a familiar sight in New York, and its beautiful song can be heard throughout the state.